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Spring has arrived!
Spring has arrived!
You will notice several changes in my upcoming photos due to some Spring Cleaning of the
fashion-type. Time to spruce things up, change foundations for the warmer weather & darker skin tones, lighten up the fragrances, up the SPF and go heavy on the moisturizing. Also, I'm changing my hair. It's time. I've started the process, but I'm not done.
1) First, I colored it slightly darker because it had gotten quite red and lighter than it naturally is due to sun-fade and because that stupid Garnier Gloss treatment lightened it (click here to read my review on that product).
2) Then, I wanted to try out a Brazilian keratin straightening treatment in preparation for the final step, which is...
3) A much shorter cut (a bob, actually).
So, this review is all about step #2, the Brazilian keratin treatment. I chose Organix Ever Straight Brazilian Keratin Therapy 30 Day Smoothing Treatment because it got some good reviews on youtube.
Yeah, yeah, youtube is not the best source for information, I know. But I happened to read some scathing reviews of the new Suave keratin straightening treatment I was considering (think hair falling out in clumps, family-had-to-leave-the-house hideous smell, etc.), so I figured I'd look to others to see what they thought about Brazilian Keratin treatments in general.
Of course, those who got them done in salons raved and had glossy, straight, amazing manes to show for it, but since I don't choose to spend $300+ on it, a salon treatment is out. But I did run across the Organix one with lots of happy reviews, and most importantly NO horrible ones. So I headed to Walgreens where I scored an excellent deal on the treatment (regularly $14.99), matching shampoo, conditioner & deep conditioning mask (all regularly $7.99 each) (I scored a BOGO Free deal).
Oh, and for this review...another something new.
I decided it was finally time to test out the video waters. I am a newb, so please forgive me AND I used my iPod, with no tripod, so there is shaking & movement, but hopefully you won't find it to be too-terrible-awful.
Hey, I can only improve from here, right?!?
It's been 4 days since the treatment was "finished", and today was a complete soaker:
|See the rain running off the gutter?|
While originally it seemed like my hair was healthier looking, shinier, & somewhat smoother (even if not much straighter on its own), I didn't realize that this would play out when extreme humidity/rain hit. So you can imagine how pleased I was after shopping in today's rainy weather, that my hair still looked this good.
|BEFORE going out in the rain (yep, I got #3 done - my hair cut - earlier this week).|
|AFTER getting rained all over! This is really pretty good for my hair.|
|See the curl here at the tip of my hair?|
|You can see how my hair was trying to curl up some, but not so much FRIZZING out.|
|The other side, which had some wave, too, but nowhere near what it would usually look like. And you can see how it was actually still a little wet.|
If you've had great or not-so-great experiences with straightening treatments, keratin therapies, or the like, please let us all know about it in the comments. After all, you might save someone from burning their hair all off or having skanky, greasy hair all weekend! You never know ;)